Nursing

Grady Health System offers many career paths for registered nurses. Whether you have many years of experience or have just completed your nursing degree, you can find a rewarding nursing position at Grady.

Grady nurses are an integral part of the patient care team. Our nurses provide the best and most advanced care available. Find out more about the activities, performance and accomplishments of Grady’s nursing staff and leadership during calendar year 2015.

Find out more about what it takes to be a Grady nurse by calling (404) 616-6161.

Educational Opportunities

Clinical Rotation and Practicum Preceptor Placement

All Grady Health System patient care units (in all area locations) are potentially able to provide clinical rotation experiences for student nurses. The Grady Nursing Education Practice and Research Department facilitates clinical placement in coordination with its Legal Counsel and in coordination with Schools of Nursing clinical coordinators. School of Nursing Affiliation Agreements, Clinical Placement Requests and verification of immunization and TB status are required for all students. Students must be enrolled in the School of Nursing and acknowledged in by a clinical coordinator or program director indicating good standing with the school and particulars regarding the rotation. If you are interested in being considered for clinical placement rotations or preceptor practicums at Grady Hospital and meet these initial requirements please click the link to continue.

RN Residency Program

Contact: RN Residency

The Grady Health System RN Residency Program is designed for new graduate nurses employed as staff nurses in clinical inpatient care areas.  In some instances, nurses who are new to specialty areas are referred to the Advanced Beginner track of the program.   The residency program focuses on the transition to professional nursing practice using the Patricia Benner model:

  • Progressive skill acquisition
  • Clinical leadership
  • Transition from entry level to competent professional nurse

Qualifications

  • Newly licensed RN with less than one year of experience
  • An RN returning to the workforce after two or more year’s absence from a hospital setting
  • An RN newly transferred into a different specialty

Features

  • Assigned Mentors
  • Dedicated Clinical Preceptors (4 months)
  • Ongoing Needs Assessment

Objectives

  • Develop Competent Care Management Skills
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Develop Cultural Awareness

The program is facilitated by expert nurses with special emphasis on patient safety and critical thinking. Nurse Residents are also assigned a Mentor/Facilitator. Nurses hired into the health system who meet eligibility qualifications for the residency program will be identified during the onboarding process. Our nurse residents commit to a 2-year service agreement.  

Nurse Extern Program

Qualifications:

  • Rising senior nursing student
  • Current enrollment in an accredited (RN) program or new graduate from accredited (RN) program.
  • Completion of Core Nursing/Medical Surgical course and clinical practicum.
  • Grade point average 3.0/B or higher
  • Able to work a minimum of 24 hours per two-week pay period
  • NCLEX permit from Georgia Board of Nursing for graduate nurses from other countries (Non US citizens must have a valid work visa permit and/or green card)

Required documentation:

  • Official school transcript sealed
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from instructors
  • Current BLS
  • Complete interview process
  • Complete extern orientation
  • Complete employment application and pre-employment health screen
  • Commitment to core eight-week program

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Nurse Shadow Program

Contact: Nurse Shadow

The Shadow a Nurse Program provides the individual that is considering pursuing a career in nursing the opportunity to “Shadow” a Grady Registered Professional Nurse. Each shadower must be approved by the Shadow a Nurse Coordinator and are limited to a maximum of 12 shadowing hours.

Contact the Nursing Education, Practice and Research Department thirty (30) days prior to the anticipated shadowing experience date.

  • Complete the Shadow a Nurse Program Application
  • Complete the Release and Waiver of Liability
  • Complete the Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Statement
  • Submit a copy of your current TB Skin Test Results (must be within the last 12 months)
  • Submit proof of current Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot)
  • Submit a reference from an instructor, advisor, counselor or mentor
  • Receive and wear a visitor ID badge
  • Complete the Evaluation Form at the end of the experience

Click here to download the Shadow A Nurse Program forms. Fax completed forms to (404) 489-6149.

Charge Nurse Leadership Development

Contact: CHARGE NURSE

This workshop is primarily focused on the experienced Charge Nurse who may have in previous years attended a basic Charge Nurse workshop.  The workshop addresses Charge Nurses’ impact on organizational effectiveness and outcomes. The goal is to strengthen the nurse key leadership skills, knowledge, role execution and the management of service excellence.  The nurse is engaged in activities that promote advanced critical thinking, problem solving, strategy development and succession planning.

New Nurse BOOT CAMP at Grady Hospital

Contact: BOOTCAMP

BOOT CAMP at Grady Hospital provides an opportunity for each registered nurse to gain confidence by “starting strong” in skills validation and comprehension. The BOOT CAMP focuses on best practices in skills application and techniques as well as equipment familiarity. BOOT CAMP delivers education, training and comprehensive preparation for evaluative processes to gain positive patient care outcomes.

BOOT CAMP is a two day “hands on” course requiring attendance of both days. The BOOT CAMP includes the following skills.

  • DYSRHYTMIA RECOGNITION * CODE NARRATOR
  • FOLEY CATHETER INSERTION* REMOVAL AND SECUREMENT
  • SENDING AND RECEIVING LABORATORY SPECIMENS
  • BLOOD SPECIMENT COLLECTION FROM CENTRAL LINES
  • NG TUBE/ORAL AIRWAY PLACEMENT AND REMOVAL
  • CHEST TUBE MANAGEMENT * CODE MANAGEMENT
  • PCA/SMART PUMP * BLOOD ADMINISTATION*TR BAND

ECCO – Essential Critical Care Orientation

Contact: ECCO

Web-based learning program that is ideal both for nurses new to critical care as well as those with experience who seek to refresh their learning or fill knowledge gaps. The course, which has been authored by a team of AACN critical care nursing experts, includes 49 lessons and provides up to 69* continuing nursing education hours awarded by AACN. AACN is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization and an advocacy group for the health and welfare of individuals experiencing critical illness or injury.

Nurse Re-Entry Program

This program is designed for the inactive RN to re-enter nursing practice as a Registered Professional Nurse.

Eligibility
Georgia Board of Professional Nursing documentation requiring completion of a Re-Entry/Refresher Course.

Features

  • Assigned RN Preceptor
  • Extern Salary
  • Paid Tuition
  • Books
  • Assigned Area

Requirements
To be admitted to this program, you must:

  • Apply as a Nurse Extern (2-year commitment)
  • Enroll in Kennesaw State University’s Re-Entry program
  • Complete a 160-hour Clinical Rotation at Grady

The Re-Entry Course is held at Kennesaw State University in May and December. You can find additional information on their web site. Please visit: www.kennesaw.edu/chhs/coned/Refresher.html
To view Grady Health System’s available Nurse Extern positions, please visit www.gradyhealth.org/careers/

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Nurse Bonuses

Preceptor Bonus Program
 $1.50/hour for precepting hours; Preceptors are offered the opportunity to complete and a free online Preceptor Course with 15 lessons and 40.49 contact hours
 
Certification/Recertification Bonus
 $1000.00 (Up to two bonuses for national board certifications and/or re-certifications from approved certifying entities; Exclusion: Functioning in positions requiring certification for employment)

Free Continuing Education Contact hours

  • Online course
  • Live in-services
  • Formal Course Offering